From Generous With the Details, collection published 2017.


The shirts piled in the laundry basket
Wrinkled. Each one according to
its own likes and dislikes
time spent in the dryer
and fabric content.
Get out the iron. Embark on
a purposeful removal
of some creases and
deliberate addition
of others. Create
a topography
distinguished by approved-only
landmarks. Flatten out
undesirable individuality.
Put away the iron.


Small Landscape #1 6-13 small

Postcard, acrylics, 2013.

5 thoughts on “Dictator

  1. I confess that I loathe ironing. It is the household chore I detest the most. However, I love your poem about ironing and that connection between the fabric and a map.

    • Thank you. I really like ironing. I find it so restful and soothing (like the same feeling cleaning out a closet gives me but easier to get a fix of it, as I can iron only a few shirts and be happy, closets require more investment!) The clothing in our house reflects not just who wears it by what it is but by how it ages and what wear it has, what wrinkles, I have always liked that idea that we and our clothes sort of merge over time…

      • I’m neurotic about ironing, that’s the problem. I have to get it perfect so it takes me hours. My pelvis issues make it hard for me to iron without discomfort so, when it was at its worst, I had to wean myself off some of my ironing habits. I suppose it was like CBT.

        • Maybe there is physical therapy to strengthen you for ironing??? (just kidding, but it does seem there is a regimen for everything, why not ironing? You know, I could see one of your zombies ironing…this comment is really moving fast and furious down the road, isn’t it, I’ll put the brakes on)

        • Ha ha! I’ve had lots of physio. It now just is what it is. I can do all the things but it’s about not doing all of them in one day and limiting the time doing them – which is why I had to quit being quite so neurotic about my ironing standards.

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